How to Make Almond & Fig Milkshake
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Use fresh figs or soak dried figs overnight. Puree figs and almond milk in a blender until smooth, creamy, and richly satisfying.
Optionally add fresh ginger. Other variations include fennel seed, cinnamon and even sesame seed.
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Figs' sweet succulence makes it a natural tonic for restoring energy and vitality. Rich in ojas
and sugars, they are useful for rejuvenation after hard labor or child birth. They clean the mouth and remove foul taste.
Unlike chilis that ignite a short-lived metabolic flare-up, almonds nourish a deep, slow burning metabolic fire that simmers with lasting warmth. Almond's hearty fuel will sustain you through a long workday. Their mild stimulating qualities keep you warm even as the thermometer starts to dip in Autumn. Almond protein also supports muscle growth, and are an especially valuable protein source for vegetarians.
Most of us feel a little frazzled these days. We live demanding lives, we're on the go, and some of us struggle with an over-active nervous system. Ayurveda has some unique tips to ground your nerves. Every nerve in your body is coated in fats, called the myelin sheath, that insulates, protects, and guides the electric impulses of your neurons. Without this protective fatty barrier, your signals will go haywire, and be scattered. Nourishing this fatty layer of the nervous system is key to settling your mind.
Almonds are rich in natural oils and fatty acids, from 36 to 60% by weight. Almonds and sunflower seed are also the top two whole food sources of fat soluble vitamin E. By adding almonds to your diet, you will feel calmer and more at ease, and improve your ability to think a little clearer. Almond also contains minerals like magnesium that support muscle relaxation. In the ancient science of Ayurveda, almonds have been used to preserve intelligence for thousands of years.
Almond & Fig Milkshake is a delightful simple and effective way to enjoy these two nourishing ingredients. Pureed into a liquid, this milkshake is ideal way to strengthen your body after exhaustion by hard labor or weakened by illness.
WHAT IS ALMOND & FIG MILKSHAKE?
Figs are a natural tonic to restore your energy. Almonds nourish and build your strength. Almond & Fig Milkshake pairs these two delightful ingredients into a heavenly elixir for your health.
AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT
Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances.
With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you.
Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature.
By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health.
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Almond & Fig Milkshake
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
High Fiber Laxative
A class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The large size of the stool stimulates peristalsis so the stool can pass more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydr
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A tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.
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Herbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
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An herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias. Generally, liver tonics are oily, cool, sweet, mildly sour, or contain beta-carotene.
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An herb that promotes fertility. Generally used by women who wish to become pregnant. These herbs may also help with menstrual problems of deficiency, such as amenorrhea (lack of a period).
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Foods with a Similar Nature to Almond & Fig Milkshake
Almond Milk has these Actions in Common
Tonic, Demulcent, Promotes-fertility, Livotonic, Promotes-virility, Builds-semen, Nutritive
Ghee has these Actions in Common
Livotonic, Promotes-virility, Builds-semen, Nutritive, Tonic, General-laxative, Promotes-fertility
Dates (dried) has these Actions in Common
Demulcent, Livotonic, Tonic, General-laxative, Nutritive, High-fiber-laxative, Promotes-fertility
Sesame Seeds has these Actions in Common
General-laxative, Promotes-virility, Nutritive, Tonic, Builds-semen, Promotes-fertility
Tahini has these Actions in Common
Promotes-fertility, General-laxative, Promotes-virility, Nutritive, Tonic, Builds-semen
Sesame Oil has these Actions in Common
Livotonic, Promotes-virility, Nutritive, Tonic, Builds-semen, Promotes-fertility
Almonds has these Actions in Common
General-laxative, Promotes-virility, High-fiber-laxative, Tonic, Builds-semen, Nutritive
Grape has these Actions in Common
High-fiber-laxative, Tonic, Builds-semen, Livotonic, General-laxative, Nutritive
Buffalo Milk has these Actions in Common
Tonic, Promotes-fertility, Demulcent, Promotes-virility, Nutritive
Persimmons has these Actions in Common
High-fiber-laxative, Demulcent, Livotonic, General-laxative, Nutritive
Honey has these Actions in Common
Demulcent, Promotes-virility, General-laxative, Tonic, Nutritive
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Almond & Fig Milkshake
Bala has these Actions in Common
Builds-semen, Demulcent, Nutritive, Promotes-fertility, Promotes-virility, Tonic
Vidari has these Actions in Common
Livotonic, Nutritive, Promotes-fertility, Tonic, Builds-semen, Demulcent
Shatavari has these Actions in Common
Nutritive, Promotes-fertility, Tonic, Builds-semen, Demulcent
Gokshura has these Actions in Common
Promotes-fertility, Tonic, Builds-semen, Demulcent, Nutritive
Amalaki has these Actions in Common
Builds-semen, General-laxative, Nutritive, Promotes-virility, Tonic
Ashwagandhadi Vati has these Actions in Common
Builds-semen, Promotes-fertility, Promotes-virility, Tonic
Ashwagandha Ghee has these Actions in Common
Builds-semen, Nutritive, Promotes-virility, Tonic
Almond Oil has these Actions in Common
General-laxative, Nutritive, Tonic, Builds-semen
Oats, Fresh Milky Seed
Oats, Fresh Milky Seed has these Actions in Common
Nutritive, Promotes-fertility, Promotes-virility, Tonic
Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam
Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam has these Actions in Common
Nutritive, Promotes-virility, Tonic, General-laxative
Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common
Builds-semen, Nutritive, Promotes-virility, Tonic
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics
His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel,
as well as public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem.
His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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Could I use something other than figs? I seem to have a weird reaction to them.
- Jess, Allen park, MI 07-12-12
Dear Jess - You can use other 'heavier' fruits likes dates or raisins.
It is fig season here in Albuquerque, and I can hardly wait to play with this recipe Joseph. I"m sure a little spice will be nice too. Thank you!